15 Dec BLOG: MAKING SAILING DREAMS COME TRUE: A DREAM, A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD AND A BOOK
Dreams, ambitions, and life goals; we all have them. But how do you make these dreams a reality? Femke Lobach, the author of ‘Overal Horizon’ meaning Horizon Everywhere, sailed around the world with her partner Gijs with the Swan 65 ‘King Legend’ (his dream) and wrote a book about it (her dream).
As a growth mindset coach and mental trainer, Femke helps others achieve their goals. This blog will give you a taster of her new book. During the Open Day of Hutting Yachts, she will be giving a lecture about how to set up your dream sail trip. You can find her (Dutch) book here which can be ordered at any bookstore!
Floortje Dessing about the book ‘Overal Horizon’: “A BEAUTIFUL, UNIQUE AND PERSONAL STORY”
a sailing trip around the world, a dream, a book
… What do you want to be when you’re older? If you had asked me this at the age of eleven, I would have immediately answered: “a vet or a writer.” I would almost say ‘the miracle came true’. I didn’t become a vet, but I do have two published books.
If you were to ask my partner Gijs van Liebergen in high school what he wanted to do when he grew up, he would have answered that he wanted to become a sailor. Though, at that time, sailing was not considered a profession. In 1999 he took a big leap of faith. He sold everything and bought the sailing yacht: Kings Legend. This is how we were able to make our dreams come true.
From Europe to the Caribbean with the Swan 64 ‘King Legend’
So, there we were, together in 2014. Gijs’ dream was to sail around the world with two people. So, with our Kings Legend, a sloop rigged Swan 65 for the connoisseurs among us, we sailed from Europe to the Caribbean. Via the Panama Canal across the Pacific Ocean to Australia and from there onwards via Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar and the Red Sea back to Malta. Because of the peace, the silence and the many moments alone on deck, I had time to reflect on my life and on my work as a coach for athletes and teams.
This is how the book ‘Overal Horizon’ came to life.